We are to be impartial because Christ is impartial
James is reasoning for each Christian to be impartial based upon Jesus being the Lord of glory.
History reveals that Christians have not always lived out impartiality very well. The Crusades?
But, couldn't we argue that treating unbelivers and especially open believers of fake gods in a different manner to brothers and sisters in Christ in inevitable and justified? Didn't Christ treat His 12 closer disciples differently to the other disciples and particularly to the Pharisees and Scribes? Aren't we meant to treat our family members differently to others?
My guts says "Yes, naturally", but Christ teaches and displayed a difficult-to-grasp truth of "No".
A great evidence that Jesus was impartial to people no matter their standing - moral, religious, financial, or any other standing - was in his treatment of Judas Iscariot. When Jesus said that one of the disciples was to betray Him, the other disciples didn't know of whom He spoke. If you knew of a betrayer among your friends, wouldn't your treatment of him reveal an obvious partiality? Jesus' treatment of Judas was different.
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